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DBWS02 - North Spitsbergen aboard s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

The sailing expeditions in Spitsbergen will be carried out by the three-mast sailing vessel Rembrandt van Rijn. This beautiful vessel will bring you to the remotest places around Spitsbergen. Sailing northwards we visit Magdalenafjord, one of the most beautiful places on Spitsbergen, with many impressive glacier faces. During a shore visit we will view the remains of 17th century English whaling activities. We can also visit some big seabird colonies particularly noteworthy for their Little Auk.

Deckplan

Click here to view deck plan for the Rembrandt Van Rijn

Inclusions

All internal ground transport
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between the airport, hotels and ship only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Tour Provider 50 Degrees North
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $6,724
Start Location
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
End Location
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Age Range
Avg. 55+
Group Size
34
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
27 Jul 201906 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $6,724
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - We will embark our vessel in Longyearbyen, in the late afternoon

After arriving in Longyearbyen, the ‘capital’ (actually the administrative centre) of Spitsbergen, you may wish to visit the Svalbard Museum which has an interesting collection on the history of Spitsbergen, the mining industry and polar exploration. In the evening we sail and set a course north.

Day 2 - We will go ashore at Fuglehuken

Weather permitting we will go ashore at Fuglehuken where the first Western Europeans (the expedition of Willem Barents) set foot on Spitsbergen. Here, near another big bird-cliff, we can see the graves of whalers. Nearby we may be able to visit a haul-out of Harbour Seal and Walrus.

Day 3 - Visit the world's northernmmost inhabited village, Ny Ålesund

Today we will visit Ny Ålesund, the northernmost permanently inhabited village in the world, a centre for polar research and a former starting point for many North Pole expeditions (Amundsen and Nobile for example). Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Common Eider, Arctic Tern and several species of wader can be seen at close quarters. The reindeers here are smaller than their mainland relatives and do not form large herds.

Day 4 - Today we will visit breeding sites for Brünnich’s Guillemot, Auk and Puffin

In the morning we sail from Ny Ålesund to the 14th of July Glacier where we cruise in zodiacs. Not far from the glacier we see a breeding site for Brünnich’s Guillemot, Auk and Puffin. The guano of these bird colonies, the southward exposure and the sheltered situation, give rise to a relatively rich vegetation with many species of flowering plants.

Day 5 - During a shore visit we will view the remains of 17th century English whaling activities

Sailing northwards we visit Magdalenafjorden, one of the most beautiful places on Spitsbergen, with many impressive glacier faces. During a shore visit we will view the remains of 17th century English whaling activities. We can also visit some big seabird colonies particularly noteworthy for their Little Auk.

Day 6 - We visit Ytre Norskøya, in the early days this was a lookout point for Dutch whalers

Today we will try to visit Ytre Norskøya, a small island which was used for many years as a lookout point for Dutch whalers. There we can still follow their tracks to the summit of the island, passing excellent bird cliffs on the way. On shore the remains of 17th century blubber ovens can be found, while Arctic Skua and Common Eider breed among the graves of 200 Dutch whalers.

Day 7 - Look for Bearded and Ringed seal in the Raudfjord area

Raudfjord on the north coast of Spitsbergen is a beautiful fjord with spectacular glaciers. It is also a favourite with Ringed and Bearded Seal, has good seabird colonies, and offers good chances for spotting Polar Bear and Beluga. Jermaktangen, at the fjord’s eastern entrance, is a geography lesson in the erosion of the land by the sea.

Day 8 - We may land on the northern-side of Reindyrfla, where the Svalbard Reindeer graze

If sea-ice conditions allow, we may land on the northern-side of Reindyrsflya, the largest tundra area of Spitsbergen. The vast undulating plain is a good grazing area for reindeer and several species of waders also breed here. The area’s lakes offer good chances of spotting Red-throated Diver and King Eider.

Day 9 - Visit the largest 17th century whaling settlement on Spitsbergen, Smeerenburg

Today we visit the remains of Smeerenburg, the largest 17th century whaling settlement on Spitsbergen, and, if we obtain permission, Danskøya where many historical remains are to be found of the 19th century expedition by the Swedish explorer Andree, who tried to reach the North Pole in a balloon.

Day 10 - Lookout for Walrus, on Forlandsundet, or Poolepynten

On our way south, we will try to make a landing on the coast of the Forlandsundet at Engelskbukta, Sarstangen or Poolepynten, where Walrus are often hauled out.

Day 11 - We will go ashore near the majestic bird cliff of Alkhornet

We find ourselves in Trygghamna were we will go ashore near the majestic bird cliff of Alkhornet. Arctic Fox often scavenge off fallen eggs and chicks below the cliff. Reindeer graze on the lush vegetation. In the afternoon we sail further into Isfjorden and will make a final landing at Bohemanneset with beautiful tundra vegetation. Coal mining was ongoing here in the past and a coal seam is still visible in the rock.

Day 12 - Our final morning, we will disembark the ship in the morning in Longyearbyen

Our final morning, we will disembark the ship in the morning in Longyearbyen Departure by scheduled flight from Longyearbyen to Oslo.